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Runaway Home (The Alice and Jerry Books)

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A sixth grade reader, part of the Alice and Jerry basal reading series. The Harding family; Mom, Dad, Mark, Lucy and Jim are having trouble making ends meet. A relative with an apple orchard in Washington state invites them to join him, so they sell their house, buy a trailer, and travel across the United States, and adventures ensue.

Illustrations by Gustaf Tenngren
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published 1963 by Harper & Row (first published 1942)
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Aug 07, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books of childhood, and I still have a copy that my grandmother gave me after it was remaindered from the elementary school where she taught. Beautiful illustrations and a story of struggle and discovery as a family moves across country in hopes of a better life.
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The last in the 'Alice and Jerry' series of readers, for sixth-grade readers, at least originally. (These days, it might well be considered for younger readers, given the changes in middle grade and YA writing styles! I read it at a much younger age, seven or eight, and had no trouble with it.)

This one strikes me as being a better read than the previous ones, though it's still pretty didactic--not surprising given the series was intended to be used in schools--but then Elizabeth Coatsworth made
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Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth was best known as the author of Away Goes Sally, The Cat Who Went to Heaven, which won the 1931 Newbery Medal, and the four Incredible Tales, but in fact she wrote more than 90 books for children. She was extremely interested in the world around her, particularly the people of Maine, as well as the houses and the surrounding land. She also loved the history and myths of ...more
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